TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) - High School Program

Foster the next generation of leaders by creating a new learning environment where high school ages participants can experiment, build resilience, and collaborate to create productive and successful pathways for personal and professional goals.

Empower youth worldwide to be entrepreneurial and lead in a dynamic global environment through a unique integrated curriculum that can be modeled to meet local economic and social challenges.

Core Objectives

  1. Encourage an entrepreneurial mindset from an early age
  2. Discover the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship
  3. Develop business plan acumen and communication skills
  4. Nurture well-rounded personality with leadership qualities

Program Benefits

  1. Students achieve their personal and professional goals through a rigorous and proven curriculum
  2. Experiment, build resilience, and collaborate to create more productive and successful pathways
  3. College ready skills; Curiosity, Passion, Perseverance, Assertiveness, Communication, Planning, Financial Management
  4. Mentoring from leading startup owners, industry leaders, venture capitalists
  5. Opportunity to win seed funding.
  6. Summer internships

Testimonials, Past Performances, and Interviews

To learn more, watch videos of past performances and interviews.

Application Deadline and Dues

Deadline: September 30th, 2020.

Fees: $500. Need-Based Scholarships are available. To be considered for financial aid, please email tye@tiecarolinas.org.

Program Flow

Problem-Solution Fit  —>  Product-Market Fit  —>  Business Model-Market Fit

Schedule: To ensure the safety of our students, the classroom sessions in the first half of the program will be conducted online. We are hoping to have face-to-face sessions in the second half. 

Teams are required to ideate with their mentor at least once a week at a mutually agreed upon time. The classroom schedule is as follows. 

Date Time Title Comments
Thursday, October 1, 2020  6:00 to 7:30 PM  Program Launch Event
Sunday, October 4, 2020  11:00 to 12:30 PM  Team Building  Location: Bond Park
Wednesday, October 7, 2020  6:00 to 7:30 PM  Business Model Overview
Sunday, October 11, 2020  11:00 to 12:30 PM  Opportunity Recognition
Wednesday, October 14, 2020  6:00 to 7:30 PM  Research & Insights  Team Formation
Wednesday, October 28, 2020  6:00 to 7:30 PM  Solution / Product Development
Sunday, November 1, 2020  Submit Proposal of Problem Statement
Sunday, November 22, 2020
 Submit a high-level solution statement (value and key components)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020  6:00 to 7:30 PM  Customer, Market and Legal Validation
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Submit Solution features/capability statement backed with customer and market validation results
Sunday, January 6, 2021  11:00 to 12:30 PM
Wednesday, January 13, 2021  6:00 to 7:30 PM  Promotion and Advertising
Sunday, January 31, 2021 Submit a Marketing Plan and Prototype
Wednesday, February 3, 2021  6:00 to 7:30 PM  Production, Distribution, and Operations
Sunday, February 7, 2021  11:00 to 12:30 PM  Financial Model
Sunday, February 28, 2021  Submit Finacial Plan and Operations Plan
Wednesday, March 3, 2021  6:00 to 7:30 PM
(Presentation, Elevator Pitch)
April  TBD  Mock Competition
April  TBD  Regional Competition

Contact for additional details

Sanjay Acharya – sanjay@tiecarolinas.org, Mehul Shah – mehul50@gmail.com